Clocky: An Autonomous Alarm Clock Robot
Posted 13 May 2005 at 02:19 UTC by steve
Do turn off your alarm clock without waking up? Have you ever moved it
to a new location so that the extra time it takes to find it would help
you wake up? Then you need Clocky,
a shag covered, autonomous alarm clock robot. While you sleep,
Clocky moves around. You'll never know where Clocky will be when he goes
off in the morning. A Boston.com
story gives all the details on Clocky, the runaway alarm clock, a
design project by MIT research associate Gauri Nanda. The MIT Media
Lab may turn Clocky into a commercial
project. Meanwhile, Gauri will get a thesis out of the project.
LOL, posted 13 May 2005 at 07:37 UTC by roschler »
Yeah I saw that. Completely funny concept!
I saw that too. Thanks for posting and everything, but that story is
from the 7th of April. It was reported by The Register at least.
Probably /. too.
Reason I'm posting is that the Reg gave the project a roasting. They
reckon it's typical of the over-hyped MIT media lab. I think that's
unfair, at least in this case. It seems like a pretty groovy idea to me.
Ouch! :-) The problem is that I've been buried in work-related issues
the last week and haven't had time to dig up as many good stories as
usual. We've been surviving almost exclusively on user-submitted ones,
which tend to be older and are usually things that people saw on some
other blog site (like slashdot). Normally, you see our stories turn into
user-submitted ones on Slashdot a day or two after we post them. Don't
worry, things should get back
to normal pretty soon.
I'm one of those people who used to put my alarm clock on the
other side of the room when I had to get up early to make sure I didn't
turn it off to easily. So, I'd buy one those Clocky robots if I still
had to get up early.
I don't think I'll buy Clocky to wake me up - I have a 70's era K-Mart
LED clock, replete with faux-woodgrain, that does the job well. And a
dog and a wife who ensure that I don't return to snoozin'.
But...differential drive, solidly built, and battery powered, to boot?
This thing is too good to be true from an "I'll take it apart five
minutes after opening the box" standpoint.
I'll have one under my tree. Maybe two.
Sorry, posted 13 May 2005 at 15:49 UTC by dogsbody_d »
Oh, I'm sorry if that seemed harsh. Like I said, I was really posting
about the reaction that this project had already received.
I'm probably just grumpy 'cos I sent you two stories that didn't get
posted. Maybe that's cos they had the wrong subject line... For the
record, one was a story from the BBC and the other from Gizmodo. This
seems reasonable to me, as perhaps not everyone here will check both of
Certainly, I think that stories should appear here before slashdot. The
Register I'm not so sure of. It's probably good to have all relevant
stories here eventully though. Makes the archive more useful :D
So, to that end. Here's the slashdot "discussion" from the 25th of
Here's the mean Register's article from three days later
Note how they utterly slag it off, and, I reckon, descend to miserable
depths of sexist abuse at the end. If you're reading this Reg Writer - :P
Yep, I've been incredibly busy too. I try to help steve with some
story suggestions and perhaps post a story once every blue moon.
Hopefully, my time will free up a little and I can get back to posting
too so we can stay ahead of the game.
As far as clockly. I mean shagadelic, yeah baby! Sounds like she put
shag carpet on there for shock absorption? So this thing rolls around
periodically during the night banging into the wall hard enough to need
shock absorption? Uh, I'm a light sleeper. So, I don't think I'll be
getting one. But, Yeah man shagadelic, cool baby, and like Zowie man!
The Dark Side, posted 13 May 2005 at 18:31 UTC by roschler »
I predict that in 10 years, when cars get even more computer controlled
capabilities installed, someone will hack your car to make it drive away
from you when you try open the door. :)
BTW, if they keep adding computerized intelligence to cars, when will
cars cross the line from being vehicles to being considered robots?
I don't think it's supposed to roll around at night. Surely it sits on
the bedside table acting as a clock. Only in the morning does the fun
As for cars crossing the robot line.. When did your washing machine
become a robot?